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Schumer: GOP is ‘playing with fire’ by threatening not to raise debt ceiling

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joined an MSNBC panel Wednesday morning to discuss backlash at town halls over the GOP plan to end Medicare, suggestions that Republicans might not allow the debt ceiling to be raised and House Speaker’s John Boehner’s statement that oil companies need to “pay their fair share.”…

Bernanke seen indicating no haste to tighten Fed policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday will likely use his first-ever news conference on monetary policy to hammer home the case for a patient approach to withdrawing the central bank’s extensive support for theU.S. economy. Following a two-day Fed policy meeting, Bernanke will face the press in the first regularly…

GOP Reps Ryan, Webster face furious voters at town halls

In the words of MSNBC host Rachel Madddow, House Republicans are in the midst of a “collective freakout” over the public’s reaction to Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget plan, which cleared the House right before Congress went on vacation. Among other items, Ryan’s budget would significantly cut Medicare spending, eventually…

Obama to name Panetta Defense Secretary, Petraeus to lead CIA: report

President Barack Obama was expected to announce that he’s appointing Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta to lead the Department of Defense, and Gen. David Petraeus, who currently leads the Afghan occupation, to replace him. News of the major shift in the administration comes from unnamed sources close to the…

Doctors turned ‘blind eye’ to Guantanamo torture: study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Department of Defense doctors and psychologists whose duty was to care for inmates at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, concealed evidence of intentional harm and torture, said a study. The findings, published in the peer-reviewed journal PloS Medicine, come in the wake of a host of secret US…

Same sex marriage ban introduced to Minnesota Senate

Republican state lawmakers announced on Tuesday they would introduce a constitutional amendment to the Minnesota Senate to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. “The proposed constitutional amendment asks voters to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman in Minnesota,” Minnesota Senator Warren Limmer…

Oklahoma lawmakers approve life sentence for cooking hashish

A bill that mandates a sentence of up to life in prison for converting marijuana or marijuana oil into hashish is heading to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin’s (R) desk after being passed by the state Legislature on Monday. House Bill 1798 makes the conviction of a first time offense of…

Daniel Ellsberg: Manning can’t get fair trial after Obama’s comment

Daniel Ellsberg, the leaker of the Pentagon Papers, told Democracy Now on Tuesday that comments made by President Obama last week about the accused U.S. Army whistleblower Private Bradley Manning were “clearly enough grounds for a dismissal of the charges.” “He’s told them already that their commander, on who their…

Pat Buchanan: Obama only got into Harvard because of affirmative action

While discussing the “birther” controversy recently ignited by real estate mogul Donald Trump, conservative political commentator Pat Buchanan said the only reason President Barack Obama was able to get into Harvard University was because of affirmative action. “He’s probably affirmative action all the way,” Buchanan said Tuesday on MSNBC’s Hardball…

Obama hurt fair trial chances: Manning backers

WASHINGTON — Supporters of alleged Wikileaks leaker Bradley Manning on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of interfering the future trial, after the president said the army private broke the law. The White House however disputed the stance of the Bradley Manning Support Network, which arose after an encounter between Obama…

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